Council Meeting Highlights: January 24, 2022

Jan 24, 2022

Here is a quick snapshot of the outcome of the January 24, 2022 Council meeting. Please watch the video or view the minutes (once they are posted) for details.

REPORTS

Development Permit amendment for the Sewell's Landing development

The Sewell's Landing development in Horseshoe Bay began in 2016 and is nearing completion. Staff provided an update on the project and brought forward an amendment that requires Council approval.

During construction, some amendments to the development permit were brought forward and dealt with by staff. However, two proposed amendments require Council approval:

  • Change roofing material from zinc to aluminum to follow best roofing practices
  • Delete selected trellis details where they do not provide rain protection from rain or sun

As part of the project approval process, there was an agreement between the applicant and the District that the developer undertakes to relocate an existing trailhead. However, in consultation with Parks staff, the developer later determined that the relocation was not feasible due to steep, rugged terrain and slope stability issues.

In place of the commitment to relocate the trail, the developer made a $40,000 contribution to the District to improve an existing trail nearby. The developer also offered to provide an additional public right-of-way through the site.

Council approved the amendments to the development permit.

3153 Travers Avenue - Notice on Land Title

In early 2021, District staff observed that a second-level addition with electrical work was being constructed above the garage at 3153 Travers Avenue. However, no building, electrical, or plumbing permit was applied for or issued.

The District notified the owner that they needed to apply for a permit and issued a "stop work" order. On subsequent visits, staff observed that the "stop work" notice had been removed, and construction was continuing. Several notices were issued to the owner, including fines. However, construction continued, despite repeatedly posted "stop work" notices. The situation remains unresolved.

Filing a notice on the land title is intended to protect prospective purchasers or lenders that this property has unresolved issues.

Council directed staff to register a notice at the Land Title Office on the property title.

348 Taylor Way - Notice on Land Title  |  3D 328 Taylor Way - Notice on Land Title  |  6D 328 Taylor Way - Notice on Land Title

The three properties listed above are strata units located in West Royal Towers. The reports linked above provide information about construction work that has been carried out without the required permits. 

The District issued a "stop work" order at each property, but the notices were removed. The situations remain unresolved.

Filing a notice on the land title is intended to protect prospective purchasers or lenders that this property has unresolved issues.

Council directed staff to register a notice at the Land Title Office on the title of each of the properties.

Options for Moving 29th Street Pickleball Courts to an Alternative Location in the Short Term

On December 13, 2021, Council directed staff to report back to Council in January 2022 to present options for moving the 29th Street pickleball courts to an alternative location in the short term.

Staff identified three options, but also noted that no location in West Vancouver is ideal.

After considerable discussion, Council did not proceed with a temporary relocation option for the 29th Street pickleball courts.

Instead, Council directed staff to close the 29th Street courts to pickleball effective April 30, 2022.

Council also directed staff to report back on the feasibility of installing permanent pickleball courts at Hugo Ray Park in summer 2022, especially concerning noise, traffic, and other impacts.

Council Motion regarding Residential Parking Pilot in Horseshoe Bay

Council deferred this item to March 7, 2022.

CONSENT AGENDA

Temporary Protection of the Nesbitt House at 1281 Clyde Avenue

The Nesbitt House was constructed in 1926 and is listed on the Community Heritage Register. The District has received a demolition permit application from the owner to demolish the existing house and build a new one.

Council ordered the Nesbitt House to be temporarily protected by withholding the demolition permit for 60 days. This is done to give staff more time to discuss retention options with the owner, including potential incentives available for heritage retention. 

Council also directed staff to remove the house from the Community Heritage Register in the event that the property owners are not interested in considering heritage retention.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular Council meeting will take place on February 7, 2022.


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